Amanda Boatwright, a Jefferson Elementary School teacher, has received a $550 Project of the Month grant from Public Education Partners.

A fourth-grade English and social studies teacher, Boatwright will purchase an iPad to pair with her new Apple TV.

“Instructional technology is a must in today's classrooms,” she said. “Students are exposed to this technology in many forms throughout schools.”

With the new purchases, Boatwright can display pictures of student/teacher work. She also can demonstrate apps, engage in review games, use the iPad as an interactive whiteboard and create creative project presentations. Boatwright also can walk around the room while remaining connected.

Jeff Howell, PEP's executive director, said many of the grant applications of late have been for iPads.

“We get requests from English departments, math and science departments, history departments – virtually anywhere in the school,” he said. “We are very happy to be able to continue our Project of the Month program for the 2013-2014 school year. We look forward to working with all of our public schools and the district.”

None of this would be possible without the help of community businesses, corporations and residents, Howell said. The recent Aiken to Ride Century benefit coordinated by PEP brought more than 170 bicycle riders. The proceeds provided $5,500 for PEP and will be used for the Project of the Month donations, he said.

Senior writer Rob Novit is the Aiken Standard's education reporter.